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UE funded project DISCOVER

DISCOVER: Digital Inclusion Skills for Carers bringing Opportunities, Value and Excellence

DISCOVER - Digital Inclusion Skills for Carers

EU funded project DISCOVER
DISCOVER aims to tackle 3 main issues: increased digital competences and engagement of social inclusion actors (carers); increased use of ICT solutions for delivering social support and care; and raising the profile of social inclusion work. The project will create a new service to deliver digital skills training for carers. This will focus in particular on opportunities for informal carers as a socially excluded group. DISCOVER is based on existing eLearning systems in Birmingham (Birmingham City University, The Open University) and Thessaloniki (Aristotle University Thessaloniki). The DISCOVER platform will integrate the existing systems and provide access to rich digital skills learning experiences. Participants will use a variety of channels including computer, mobile phones and digital television. The project will also maximise value through repurposing and improving existing content. The DISCOVER platform will become the single point of entry for carers. DISCOVER will be piloted in 4 testbeds in Thessaloniki, several locations across the Netherlands, Zamora and Valladolid and Birmingham. 400 informal and formal carers will be given digital skills training. Carers will learn to become mentors for their peers and for the older people they care for, thus increasing the initial reach of the project. DISCOVER will enable carers to start on a learning pathway into wider education. Expected benefits are improved digital skills, better communication and support for carers i.e. less isolation through virtual and real social networks, increased confidence and thus a better quality of life. Indirectly a changed attitude towards using ICT for care delivery is anticipated which longterm supports more efficient care services. The ‘learn to learn’ approach will support personal development ultimately supporting employability. The benefits for the older people will lie in an improved quality of care, greater skills and self-reliance all supporting a better quality of life.

Contact information

SCHUSTER-JAMES Heike
1 Lancaster Circus PO Box 161
B4 7DG Birmingham
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel. +441216758887
Fax.

Participants

Coordinator: BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL, UNITED KINGDOM

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCIL UNITED KINGDOM
ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS GREECE
DUNDALK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY IRELAND
FUNDACION PRIVADA CETEMMSA SPAIN
FUNDACION INTRAS SPAIN
Astra-Com VOF THE NETHERLANDS
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY UNITED KINGDOM
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY ENTERPRISES LIMITED UNITED KINGDOM
BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 18/03/2013

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